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Arequipa Wonderful - 5 Days / 4 Nights

Day 1: Arequipa – City Tour and Santa Catalina Convent

pon arrival at the airport a host will meet and transfer you to your hotel. in the afternoon City Tour and Santa Catalina Convent - Your half day sightseeing of this beautiful city, placed on the World Cultural Heritage list by UNESCO, features Mixed Baroque churches and mansions from the colonial period like the Monastery of Santa Catalina, The Main Square is bordered by various arched walkways and the Cathedral, it showcase a beautiful bronze fountain of three plates crowned by the figure of a sixteenth century soldier. Around the square, you see three granite portals with brick and lime bases.

The Santa Catalina Convent is called "a city within a city", a Spanish city in miniature with stone streets, beautiful patios, and plaza, it is a masterpiece of colonial architecture, and houses some of the finest examples of Spanish American religious art. Since 1970 visitors have been able to stroll through the streets and cloisters that during colonial times were the refuge of female nobility who had decided to isolate from the world and dedicate entirely to prayer.

Day 2: Arequipa / Colca Canyon

Departure towards the highlands passing through Yura-Pampa Cañahuas and La Pulpera with good possibility of observing groups of wild vicuñas and fighting cattle. The road to the Colca Canyon reaches a high point of 13,000 feet before dropping down to the valley, an area of breath taking landscapes surrounded by terracing and snow-capped peaks. Far below, at a depth of 10,000 feet, the Colca River winds along the bottom of the canyon, the world's deepest.

Stop en route to see petroglyphs in the Caves of Mollepunco and in the town of Callali to see natural hill formations with the appearance of enchanted castles. Overnight in Colca Canyon area. (B,L,D)

Day 3: Colca Canyon

To maximize your probability of seeing condors we depart very early towards a superb natural lookout point “Cross of the Condor” from where one can watch condors wheeling across the Colca Canyon, at about an altitude of 15,000 feet. The valley also features pre-Inca ruins, pre-Inca burial grounds and archaeological remains left behind by the Collagua, the ancient inhabitants of the area. Drive further in to the canyon to observe the way of life in this remote land and to admire the impressive irrigation system and the fertile mountains terraced for farming of the Colca valley.

Ask your guide to take you to one of the many workshops in which close to a thousand artisans, scattered throughout the towns in the canyon, turn their ancient sewing and weaving machines into paint brushes to give life to impressively intricate and colorful embroidery and shawls. Accommodation in Colca Canyon area. (B,L,D)

Day 4: Colca Canyon / Arequipa

Breakfast at your hotel. Time to enjoy the Hotel facilities such as: a la carte activities such as Peruvian Paso horse riding, hiking tours, painting lessons, fly fishing lessons, cooking lessons and pisco sour lessons. Return to Arequipa. (B)

Day 5: Arequipa

Breakfast at your hotel. Transfer from hotel to the airport for departure. (B)

2015 Rates per person, in Seat in Bus Services
Hotel CategorySGLDBLTPL
Arequipa: Libertador Arequipa (ABB) 5*
Colca: Las Casitas del Colca (ABB) 5*

Included: All airport-hotel-airport transfers, All listed tours and excursions, All tours are guided by licensed bilingual tour guides, All transportation needed (bus, train, boat) for the operation of the itinerary, All entrance fees to places visited, Hotel accommodation at indicated hotels, Meals indicated in the itinerary, Baggage handling at airports and hotels, Hotel taxes and service charge, 24-hour emergency phone numbers.

Not included: Peru international airport departure tax : $31.00, Peru domestic airport departure tax : $7.40 each city, Expenses of personal nature such as phone calls, laundry, bottled water, etc, Tips to tours guides, waiters and bellboys, Services not listed in the itinerary.

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